Not to be hidden


Sometimes I feel like people expect us to hide away our kids with Special Needs, so they can feel comfortable in their day to day lives. Not burdened by meltdowns, flapping-hands and loud voices.   So I wrote this little poem today.

Our kids have special needs.
They have needs beyond what typically developing children have.
They may break down a little easier.
They may get frustrated a little easier.
They may be sensitive to light and sounds.
They may not like to be touched.
They may lean on you, even if you don’t know them.
They may ask you the same question over and over again.
They may have little patience.
They may have trouble communicating with words.
They may walk strangly.
They may flap their hands.
Make weird noises.
Can’t sit still.
Yell.
Cry.
Scream.
Feel alone.

They are not to judged.

We are not to be judged as being bad parents.

Our kids should not be trapped in their houses, so you can feel comfortable.

Open your mind and hearts to these special children, and your life will be forever changed.

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3 Responses to Not to be hidden

  1. Candace says:

    I love this, Melissa.

  2. Jack Cauthen, Jr. says:

    How artfully you have captured our hearts, again! We are so fortunate to have you all in our lives, and we are so extremely proud of you all. Thank you for your most beautiful poem!
    Love,
    Dad aka Pop
    Mom aka Ninni

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